Eight valiant contenders continue their quests for victory! If the Sweet 16 taught us anything, clearly I have a thing for the ancient Mediterranean…and that hasn’t changed in the Elite 8. Let’s get this round started with a titanic match up between two pantheons.
The final match in this opening round pits two starkly different stories against each other. Not just stories: narrators, styles, genres, characters, themes, everything.
Our seventh duel gives us two unique glimpses into an altered America. Not quite fantasy, not quite science fiction, not quite reality, these books are full of glittering characters, tantalizing imagery, and striking commentary on life.
Back to Ancient Rome we go for this sixth battle (really, it was a random pairing!), featuring a history that sweeps from the mythical founding of the city through the early days of the empire and a juicy tale that follows the fortunes of two of the late republic’s most significant figures. A perfect duel for the Ides of March!
This match up, our fifth, pits two stories of England against each other, one a true, dramatic story from the dark days of WWII, the second a brilliant portrayal of one of England’s most influential kings.